The Misconception: If you are in a bad situation, you will do whatever you can do to escape it.
The Truth: If you feel like you aren’t in control of your destiny, you will give up and accept whatever situation you are in. (David McRaney-November 11, 2009)
“The Civil Rights Data Collection collects a variety of information including student enrollment and educational programs and services, most of which is disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability. . . Information collected by the CRDC is also used by other ED offices as well as policymakers and researchers outside of ED.”
“. . . the purpose of the 2017-18 CRDC is to obtain vital data related to the civil rights laws’ requirement that public local educational agencies and elementary and secondary schools provide equal educational opportunity.” (Federal Register)
It has been proven that large urban educational agencies do not provide equal educational opportunities to it students but instead use the additional funding they receive for being unable to do so to load their districts with highly paid administrators and superintendents while claiming poverty to be the reason they are unable to achieve educational success.
Our current system of education has created within our children an attitude of learned helplessness.
Children learn as early as kindergarten that they receive more attention from their teachers when they fail than when they succeed. This attitude carries into adulthood when social programs provide more services to those who consistently fail rather than help those who constantly try to improve.
It is because of learned helplessness that the war on poverty will never be won unless we change the current system of education that collects data on all children then uses that data to explain the failure of certain groups of children.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, successful adults, a system that supports success and is unaccepting of failure, we will eliminate learned helplessness and become a powerful nation.
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